PrestonBlackburn (Lancashire)

Prebla two
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By Mary Oz on 01 Aug 2022


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I mapped out an alternative to PreBla One based on AndrewH’s suggestions, then discovered (at home) that the river crossing along the A59 is completely closed for road and verge repairs until September, so I used a much earlier river crossing, and ended up creating this approximate combination of PreBam Two and what is soon to be a new variation of BamBla. But it is barely any longer than PreBla One

I mapped out an alternative to PreBla One based on AndrewH’s suggestions, then discovered (at home) that the river crossing along the A59 is completely closed for road and verge repairs until September, so I used a much earlier river crossing, and ended up creating this approximate combination of PreBam Two and what is soon to be a new variation of BamBla. But it is barely any longer than PreBla One

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Grade 4: Route includes very rough surfaces including deep ruts, steep loose gravel, unmade paths and deep muddy sections. Wheelchairs may experience traction/wheel spin issues.
Access grade X: At least one stile, flight of steps or other obstacle that is highly likely to block access for wheelchair and scooter users.
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Facilities

Facilities in the middle third of this route.

Maybe present Public toilet (1)
Maybe present Wheelchair accessible toilet (1)
Present at time of survey Supermarket (1)
Present at time of survey Restaurant (1)
Maybe present Vegan restaurant (1)
Not present at time of survey Accommodation (1)
Not present at time of survey Accommodation < £50 (1)
Not present at time of survey Campsite (1)
Not present at time of survey Bothy (1)
Not present at time of survey Free wifi (1)
Maybe present Public phone (1)
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Not present at time of survey Train station (1)
Present at time of survey Bench (1)
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Not present at time of survey Ferry (1)

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Maybe present Scrambling (1)
Not present at time of survey Wading (1)
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Maybe present Climbing (1)
Maybe present Stepping stones (1)
Present at time of survey Very slippery (1)
Present at time of survey Very muddy (1)
Maybe present Very icy (1)
Maybe present Likely to flood (1)
Maybe present Long grass sections (1)
Not present at time of survey Crops encroaching on path (1)
Not present at time of survey Diverted path (1)

Obstacles

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Present at time of survey Stiles (1)
Present at time of survey Step and kerbs (1)
Not present at time of survey Possible to avoid steps, if applicable (1)
Present at time of survey Flights of steps (1)
Present at time of survey Gates (1)
Present at time of survey Kissing gates (1)
Not present at time of survey Locked gates (1)
Not present at time of survey Disables access gates (1)
Present at time of survey Cycle barriers (1)
Not present at time of survey Ladders (1)
Not present at time of survey Cattle grids (1)
Present at time of survey Fords (1)
Present at time of survey Narrow bridges (1)
Not present at time of survey Ferry required (1)
Present at time of survey Acceptable road walking (1)
Not present at time of survey Unacceptable road walking (1)
Not present at time of survey Dangerous road crossings (1)
Present at time of survey Walking on paths beside roads (1)
Not present at time of survey Walking on verges beside roads (1)
Present at time of survey Railway crossings (1)
Not present at time of survey River crossings (1)
Present at time of survey Cattle possible (1)
Not present at time of survey Horses possible (1)
Not present at time of survey Tidal area (1)
Maybe present Potential falls (1)
Present at time of survey Exposed to elements (1)
Not present at time of survey Remote area (1)
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Not present at time of survey Military training area (1)
Maybe present No visible path (1)
Maybe present Seasonal nesting birds (1)
Not present at time of survey Other hazards (1)

Accessibility

Is this route step and stile free?

Not present at time of survey Free of stiles (1)
Not present at time of survey Free of single steps/kerbs (1)
Not present at time of survey Free of flights of steps (1)
Not present at time of survey Free of other obstacles (1)

Measurements

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The narrowest part of the path is 40.0cm (1)

The steepest uphill gradient walking East 34.0% (1)

The steepest uphill gradient walking West 34.0% (1)

The steepest camber gradient across the path 15.0% (1)

How clear is the waymarking on the route: Unclear in places (1)

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Small Pug-sized dog (0)
Small Labrador-sized dog (0)
Large St. Bernard-sized dog (0)
Standard pram (0)
Off-road rugged pram (0)
Standard wheelchair (0)
Off-road rugged wheelchair (0)
Standard mobility scooter (0)
Off-road rugged mobility scooter (0)

Recommended by an expert

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Off-road rugged wheelchair (0)
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Off-road rugged mobility scooter (0)

Terrain

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15.0% of the route is on roads (1)

15.0% of the route is lit at night (1)

40.0% of the route is paved (1)

10.0% of the route is muddy (1)

10.0% of the route is over rough ground (1)

5.0% of the route is through long grass (1)

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Preston
Grid Ref SD5346429122
Lat / Lon 53.75638° / -2.70728°
Easting / Northing 353,464E / 429,122N
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Blackburn (Lancashire)
Grid Ref SD6846227909
Lat / Lon 53.74662° / -2.47968°
Easting / Northing 368,463E / 427,910N
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Mary Oz

02 Aug 2022

The route passes Blackburn Cathedral, and then the college. The Sports and Leisure Centre there is handy for toilets. It then weaves through residential streets and alleyways, then starts climbing towards Billinge Hill. Beyond the housing there is a gap in the wall into the very pleasant woods, where the path is uneven. Leaving the woods to cross fields the route is well signposted as Witton Weavers Way. There is a fabulous viewpoint, with a memorial to Alfred Wainwright, and direction markers to locations which may be visible.
The good waymarking and lovely route of WWW continues, often with glimpses of Preston in the distance, until you’ve crossed the River Darwen. Now there is some quiet road walking, through Hoghton, where there is a pub, and also a bus stop shelter with a bench. A little later, at SD 60292 26301 Brindle St Joseph where the map says “Cross” there is a bench, and also a community hall, which has toilets at the far end of the car park (although they may be locked).
There are now some fields to cross, and also two level crossings. The paths are a little worn through use, but this stretch looks a bit less trodden. Then there is a little section through woods with a couple of stream crossings and steep steps. One crossing has a solid narrow bridge, the other, quite small one, involves stepping through shallow water on the stream bed. My boots coped okay, but I can imagine after heavy rain it may be a bit deeper. People with long legs could probably jump over it.
There is a bit of paved road walking, two motorways to walk under, and a wooded footpath alongside the railway, before the route emerges close to the Bamber Bridge meeting point by the station. There is a Morrisons supermarket here (toilets, no café) and other shops etc.
I have walked the remainder of the route before, as PreBam Two, and it is very nice and very easy (once you’ve walked a couple of suburban roads), all along a quite rural-feeling cycle track, before you cross the River Ribble and arrive into Avenham Park and the centre of Preston. (See PreBam Two for my notes on this NOT being the Old Tram Line.)
All in all, I found this a very enjoyable and varied route with a few small imperfections!.


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Ascent

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Descent

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